UPDATE: Sen. Kirk Home After Gallbladder Surgery

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is at home recovering from surgery to remove his gallbladder.

The Republican from Highland Park underwent the common procedure Monday morning at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
Kirk tweeted "It's good to be home" Tuesday afternoon.

The physician who performed the surgery says the gallbladder procedure was not related to a stroke Kirk suffered last year. He returned to work in Congress earlier this year.

Kirk went to the hospital Saturday with stomach pain. Tests revealed gallstones -- hard deposits that can form in the gallbladder.

A spokesman says Kirk will miss work in Washington this week before Congress recesses for a holiday break.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Sen. Mark Kirk has had his gallbladder removed.

The Highland Park Republican's office released a statement saying Kirk experienced stomach pains over the weekend and doctors determined he had gallstones. The office said he underwent surgery Monday.

The 54-year-old Kirk returned to Congress last year after suffering a stroke in January 2012 that left him partially paralyzed on his left side. Kirk spokesman Lance Trover says the senator will miss votes in Washington this week before Congress breaks for holiday recess. Trover says these are the first votes Kirk has missed since his return.

Officials at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital told the Associated Press that Kirk underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure that took 30 minutes. There were no complications.

A spokeswoman said the senator is resting comfortably.


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